Cynical Senryu for starting scribes

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Nobody gets rich
from writing poems, but all
are poor without them

Do not be afraid
to use a word new to you,
but first, look it up

Write just for yourself,
fearing no one’s opinion,
but spell for others

All broken hearts are alike
but every dream is unique,
so write accordingly

Great poems endure
eternally; the bad ones
only feel that way

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
― Dorothy Parker

For a prompt from East Valley Poets of Arizona

The photo shows poetry reading hosts at a Kilmarnock Virginia gallery in 1996.

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